Why Grow Organic Tea?

Why Grow Organic Tea?

為什麼種植有機茶?

An online story session on tea and art Told by Nomad Charles and Tingyu Lin

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Organic tea is difficult to grow and hard to sell.


Compared to production tea (pesticide, chemical fertilizer), they don’t have a consistent yield, require higher expenses, are more sensitive to the environment.


So why go through all the trouble?


In this session, you’ll hear 2 stories from a family who grows organic tea in southeastern Taiwan.


In the first story, hear how a dramatic life event changed a farmer’s worldview on farming and led him on the difficult path of growing organic tea.


You’ll also learn:

-What is the difference between Organic Tea vs Production Tea?

-Why isn’t having an organic farm enough to grow organic tea?

-How are organic teas audited and certified?


In the second story, discover how a young artist made the decision to return to her village, leaving the city behind, in order to assist her family in selling tea.


Along the way, she employed her artistic and design talents to create a fresh brand for her family’s organic tea business.


You’ll also learn:

-What is the difference between art and design?

-Where does an designer get her inspiration from art?

-How can art and designed be incorporated in a tea business?


The online story session will be:

-bilingual (English + Chinese)

-live-streamed (and recorded) on Zoom

-interactive (participants can ask questions)

-donation-based (you can change the amount)


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About the Artist – Tingyu Lin

In 2016, Tingyu Lin graduated from Daye University with a degree in Arts. Initially, she worked at an e-commerce company but later made a significant life decision to return to her hometown of Luye in southeastern Taiwan.

 

There, she followed in the footsteps of her father, a Shennong Award-winning tea expert, to learn the art of tea cultivation. In 2019, Lin Tingyu founded the brand “Daughter Doesn’t Understand Tea,”  where she skillfully combined her university-trained art and design expertise with her father’s tea-making mastery.

 

This unique blend of talents has brought greater recognition to Luye’s red oolong tea. Tingyu is enthusiastic about the Luye’s “Red Oolong Tea,” a tea made with a specialized tea fermentation process.

 

She takes immense pride in her father’s tea-making skills and firmly believes that red oolong tea holds great potential in the tea industry. This belief drove her decision to return to the tea plantation and join her father in promoting the exceptional products of Luye.